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JIM's Christmas Wish List - Album 2
This JIM'S Christmas Wish List album covers 19-25 Dec entries
See also: JIM - Christmas Wish List ads from the past - 2017 Album I.
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By Ed Waggener
A highly popular, much commented new JIM feature has run in two albums on ColumbiaMagazine.com for Christmas 2017. The latest one entry, from 25 Dec 1901, was an ad from Coy E. Dudgeon, a Cane Valley Merchant of the day.
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JIM - Christmas Wish List, 19 Dec 1946 |
2017-12-19 - Jamestown, KY & Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of JIM.
After reading this Christmas Wish List Entry, see also earlier entries: JIM: Christmas Wish Lists
For this one, I made no effort to curtail the text to cutline length. I first encountered Miss Babak's essay over a dozen years ago and it has stuck like glue to my generally teflon memory.
As Christmas 1945 approached, war time rationing had eased, peace time production had increased, and many -- most -- who served in the late conflict either were home already, on the way, or had the promise of soon being so. Merchants' shelves were well stocked, and a Christmas greeting from Southern Continental Telephone Company reminded that "For the first time since 1940, our country will enjoy a peaceful holiday season."
A most eloquent expression of the general sentiment of that long ago era, written by 16-year-old Hazel Mae Babak of near Jamestown, appeared in the November 29, 1945, edition of the Russell County News:
"Thanksgiving and Christmas
The ad for the Brown Drug Co. appeared in the December 19th edition of the News.
"Thanksgiving and Christmas soon will be celebrated throughout America, celebrated as never before in our lifetime for this is the year of Victory -- and Peace.
"Reverently we will give thanks for the glory so dearly bought. Gratefully our carols will rise to each of those who have not yet returned. Silently and prayerfully we will remember those who will never return. We, here at home, safe in the land we love, preserved from the ravages of war, know that this year we have cause to keep the great days sacred.
"So we return once more to the old ways and the old customs, to the family gatherings 'round the festive board, to the bounty that is ours as harvest days are over. Again the Christmas tree will glisten, the Yule logs blaze and the presents made ready for Santa's visit. Again 'Merry Christmas' will echo and re-echo as there is truly Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men.
"This should be a happy year, a year of memory forever, for this is the year of victory and peace."
"Our wish -- the wish of all us at home -- is that your Thanksgiving be the most thankful you ever had and your Christmas the merriest."
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